US Supreme Court




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This example shows the justices and important decisions of the US Supreme Court. Each justice is in his or her own nested category with events representing their terms.

The currently sitting justices are displayed with the uncertainty of their terms based on the longest historical term of a justice.

In this example, the events for justices' terms, decisions and opinions are stored in separate timeline files. (Justices.quotid, Decisions.quotid and Opinions.quotid). These are included by the USSupremeCourt.quotid timeline and displayed together. Each of the files can also be loaded separately, but their events will not be visible unless an appropriate level of detail is given.

Events for decisions and opinions are linked to a website at Cornell University Law School. Each justice is linked to a Wikipedia entry.

demonstrates: 
  • Distributing timeline data in multiple files and loading them together in the same categories.
  • Uncertainty about the end time of events.
  • Using manual level of detail to show and hide data.
requires: 
  • An Internet connection to show links in your Web browser.
things to try: 
  • Set the view direction towards the right missing image.
  • Reduce the time scale (triangle down) until the end times of the current justices appear on the right. Note how the qviewer represents uncertain end times. The author of the timeline used the term of the longest serving historical justice (William O. Douglas, 36 years) as an arbitrary duration for the current justices' terms.
  • The events for each justice may be too small to have labels displayed. If you pause the mouse over an event for about a second, the tooltip label will tell you the name of the justice.
  • Double-click on one of the justices. The Wikipedia entry for that justice should appear in your browser.
  • Reset the qviewer missing image.
  • Set the view direction towards the past missing image.
  • Increase the level of detail to one.
  • Enter "31 Dec 2000" in the display time box at the top of the window.
  • The event for the "Bush v. Gore" should be visible. The event for the decision is attached to the "US Supreme Court" category.
  • Double-click on the name of the decision. The Web page containing the case syllabus should appear in your browser.
  • Increase the level of detail to two. Events for each opinion of the court, dissent, and concurrence are attached to the category of the justice who wrote the opinion. You may need to adjust the x/y position and x/y scale to clearly see the labels for both the opinions and the justices.
  • Double-click on a justice's opinion. The Web page containing the text of that opinion should appear in your browser.
tags: 
United States, US Government, Politics, Law
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